I always become suspicious when other parents tell me to enjoy every second of having a baby, to make the most of these years, since their enthusiasm never seems to extend to whatever age their children are now. Finn won’t disappoint me by being eight years old, or fourteen, or thirty-six. He won’t hurt my feelings by growing up.
—Nothern Lights, Flynn Berry
I’m not sure trying to hold onto stages of life with our kids ever works (which is what the ‘savour them while their young’ comments reek of).
There are good and bad things about every stage of life. Enjoy the good parts. But don’t feel bad about wishing away the bad parts.